NYCC ’15: DC Super Hero Girls annonuces publishing program and more


DC Super Hero Girls has a splashy display at the entrance to the exhibit hall and today’s panel revealed more about the toys and publishing as part of the program, including a new animated short, a new theme songs “Get Your Cape On” (which was accompanied by the panelists wearing blye capes), Mattel’s action figures, […]


DC Superhero Girls animation debuts, creator revealed

    Perfect timing! THE DC SUPER HERO GIRLS UNIVERSE IS LIVE! “Welcome to Super Hero High” the very first DC Super Hero Girls animated short, has just been launched on  Many other features went live today with an eye to a global rollout of the digitally immersive world beginning later this month. The toys will be displayed at NYCC […]


DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: August 2015 – Bombshells Return


Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

Back in June 2014, DC kicked off their freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) cover program (or as DC has taken to calling them, open-to-order variants) with Bombshell variants with covers by Ant Lucia that evoked pin-up art from the 1940s. It was a big success, with the comics sporting them seeing huge gains and has spun off into a line of statues. So it makes sense that DC would want to return to the Bombshells theme, and this month sees a batch of all-new Bombshells covers as well as the launch of a DC Comics Bombshells comic (reprinting the digital-first comic of the same name). It’s a moderate success this time out, especially compared to last month’s Teen Titans Go! variants (all of those sporting both variants see a jump up in sales this time out), and the comic itself sells very well for a digital-first comic. While we can be fairly sure that the f.o.v.s are giving a boost beyond the natural sales level for titles bearing them, it is clear that the size of that boost is greatly dependent on the demand for that month’s theme (or rather the perceived demand by retailers, which as in all cases on these charts has to stand in for actual consumer demand).


Podcorn Podcast V4.03- Death of the Direct Market?!


Every Wednesday, I sit down with Brandon Montclare, writer of the hit Image series Rocket Girl and co-writer of Marvel’s upcoming Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series.  We gab about what we’re reading now, what books we consider classics (Brandon loves Dark Knight Strikes Again…), and the hottest gossip of the industry.  Oh, and sometimes the inimitable artist Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Batwoman) stops […]


Retailer Summit ’15: DC shows off Dark Knight III slipcase


Dark Knight III: The Master Race by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson is the biggest thing in a while for DC. All 8 issues will be printed in hardcover album editions a week after the regular editions and these will be collected in a slipcase which ships with the 8th issue. […]


DC’s Diane Nelson: DC properties bring in $8 billion in licensing


Diane Nelson, the head of DC Entertainment, WB Consumer Products and many other things at the studio, gave a talk at an industry confab the other day, and it’s probably the longest public talk she’s been quoted at. Most of it was about TV and movies, things that Nelson doesn’t oversee, but the comics were […]


Warner Brothers rumored to be developing Booster Gold/Blue Beetle movie

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The Tracking Board is reporting that Warner Brothers has tapped Greg Berlanti, executive producer of The Flash, Arrow, and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, to helm a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle team up movie.


August Sales: Secret Wars still tops as DC regains some dollars

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Marvel still ruled the roost in August, according to figures just released by Diamond, and DC lagged 14 points in units, but gained a little from July’s disappointing numbers in dollars. Marvel’s Wars lines — Star and Secret—continued to do well, while Batman and JLa made the top 10 for DC. They were joined by the new issue […]


DC releases two more Dark Knight III covers and massive list of variants


Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, the new comic continuing the story of Frank Miller’s Batman, is out this November 25th and it’s expected to be a very big book for DC. And perhaps nearly 50 variant covers will help? DC has just released Jae Lee’s cover for the Dynamic Forces variant (below0 which […]


The Retailer’s View // DC Youoops


A few months ago, as I was running a deposit to the bank, I ran into the store’s landlord at the terminal next to mine. As we both waited on our tellers to process our various requests, we had a small chat. He asked how the business was going. I replied that the store had […]


Treat Yo’self to a Secret Treasure Trove of Neil Gaiman Rarities


  You’ve got your mimosas.  You’ve got your fine leather goods.  How about your rare, never-before-released Neil Gaiman Stories? The American Gods and Sandman author has teamed up with The Moth, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Humble Bundle to present the Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman Rarities.  For the next two weeks, users can pay as […]


When DC and Marvel cost less than indie comics


There’s been quite a bit of comment on the price of new comics and it seems to me that newer readers may not quite understand why readers over the age of, say, 35 are quite so flummoxed at the price of a comics.  Let me provide a little context for how DC and Marvel were […]


And here’s the first Dark Knight III: The Master Race variant cover by Dave Johnson


The Dark Knight Trilogy wraps up on November 25th with the first issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1, written byFrank Miller and Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson. You can bet there will be several variant covers as well, and here’s the first, a retailer variant by Dave Johnson, based on a sketch by Jim Lee—when you order it as a store, you get your logo put on it.


DC president Diane Nelson to head up WB Consumer Products


If you were wondering if any of the recent turmoil at DC Comics would affect president Diane Nelson’s standing at WB, the answer is no. She’s already proven herself a strong executive who gets the way Warners works, and as a result she’s just added running Warner Bros Consumer Products to her portfolio, along with DC Entertainment and CCO of Warner Bros. Interactive, THR reports. She replaces Brad Globe, who served as president from 2005 until now and announced his retirement for next spring.


Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s Work on the DC Style Guide is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today


Ever wondered what the exact Pantone shade of Batman’s cowl is (circa 1980)?  How about Superman’s skin?  Or perhaps what parts, exactly, are visible in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?  Well look no further, because legendary DC artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has you covered.  He posted the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide on his Facebook page today. The Style […]


Industry Watch: Editorial changes coming to DC?


(Above, Ryan Sook’s cover for Superman: Alien American #1) If you’ve been following our sales charts here at The Beat you know that June was the big relaunch month for DC following Convergence and the move west, with 20 new #1s and new storylines and new costumes for old favorites. And sales were pretty good […]